Persepolis vs Al Wasl
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 5 March 2018
Kick-off: 14:45 CET
Something over an hour into the game two weeks ago, at Al Sadd, Persepolis were 3-0 down, but… good for them, they didn’t give up, they started creating chances, and they finally scored deep into added time. After a 3-1 defeat it’s difficult to find positives, but that late-late goal they scored in Qatar, could prove important at the end of the group stage. When they hosted Nasaf Qarshi they were absolutely dominant, and I feel they will be pretty much the same against Al Wasl as well, the only team without points in this group after the first two game weeks. On Thursday, Persepolis lost 1-0 to Esteghlal in Tehran’s H U G E derby, but their lead in Iran’s championship is beyond any doubt. They are 15 whole points ahead of second-placed Zob Ahan, with just a few games left.
What a horrible month for Al Wasl February was. Seven matches, just one win, one draw, and no less than five defeats, including two in their AFC CL group, and a 2-1 home loss to Al Nasr last Wednesday. This last result was particularly painful, as it allowed Al Nasr to “catch” Al Wasl at 32 points, third spot in the table of the UAE’s championship. Al Wasl have been looking like a… doormat for weeks now, and I seriously-seriously doubt they have the morale (and the quality) to do something… extraordinary in Tehran. Rodolfo Arruabarrena, Al Wasl’s coach, said that it’s the heavy schedule and the lack of enough alternatives in the team’s roster that have hurt their chances of doing something good in the group, affecting their fight in the UAE championship as well.
Previous five matches:
Esteghlal vs Persepolis 1-0
Persepolis vs Esteghlal Khuzestan 1-0
Al Sadd vs Persepolis 3-1
Persepolis vs Nasaf Qarshi 3-0
Sanat Naft vs Persepolis 0-3
Al Wasl vs Al Nasr 1-2
Dibba Al Fujairah vs Al Wasl 2-0
Nasaf Qarshi vs Al Wasl 1-0
Al Nasr vs Al Wasl 0-1
Al Wasl vs Al Sadd 1-2
Persepolis’ next game is at Al Wasl, next Tuesday (AFC CL). Al Wasl are visiting Shabab Al Ahli Dubai on Friday (UAE League Cup).
Persepolis vs Al Wasl: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Persepolis vs Al Wasl: Prediction
I will be very-very surprised if Persepolis don’t win this match. Actually, I expect them to win it comfortably.
Persepolis vs Al Wasl: Betting Tips
A simple Persepolis win is at just 1.25. “No” on “both teams to score” pays 1.93, which takes Persepolis’ win combined with a clean sheet to around 2.30.
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